Feel those fresh Lake Michigan breezes with a day out for fabulous festivals, exciting exhibits or a round of golf. Music, markets and more give you, your family and friends loads of lively choices this merry month. Take advantage of all that spring has to offer with What’s There to Do in Chicago’s North Shore. Do it!
Evanston Made: Maker’s Market
Evanston Made Makers Market
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park
200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park
Multiple shows, dates. Ticket sales begin May 4, 2022
Every season brings something fresh as Ravinia kicks off with incredible shows opening with Ruth Page Civic Ballet (May 21 and 22). In addition to enjoying world-class classical music from chamber ensembles to dance performances, sit under the stars for Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (Jun. 16), Jackson Browne (Jun. 17) and Common with special guest Black Violin (Jun. 18). Ravinia’s Dining Pavilion features two seated restaurants and two locations for quick bites and bar service, as well as Ravinia Market with five mini restaurants serving burgers, paninis, tacos, pizza and barbeque.
Rise Up, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie
Closing May 8
Don't miss your chance to see Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement to learn more about how a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in the summer of 1969 ignited the modern gay rights movement in the U. S. Explore 80+ artifacts including posters from Harvey Milk's campaign for public office in San Francisco and a rainbow flag in its original colors signed by its creator, Gilbert Baker. Connections to Chicago and celebrations of LGBTQ+ pride in Chicagoland are also on display.
Umbrella Arts Festival, Evanston
Umbrella Arts Festival
Fountain Square, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston
May 14, 2022; 1:00 pm–6:00 pm
The Umbrella Arts Festival is a cultural celebration of the Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American (ASAPIA) community in Evanston. The umbrella symbolizes the ASAPIA diaspora which includes a diversity of ethnicities from 40+ countries around the world, and is inclusive of the many intersections of identities that exist in our communities. Featuring performances by Mandala Arts, Flying Fairies, Nayon Troupe and a live concert by Funakdesi. Held in charming Downtown Evanston, the festival is free and open to all ages.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie
May 21–22, 2022; 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Part of a month-long festival, this weekend of free cultural art performances celebrates its 30th year as it has grown to represent more than three dozen cultures and 25,000 visitors annually. Enjoy ethnic folk music and dance on two stages, arts and crafts, international children's games, food, interactive cultural booths, a merchandise bazaar, a mini train ride around the park, and the festival’s iconic flag display. Bring a blanket and a chair to enjoy marvelous talent representing traditions from Armenians to Uzbeks.
Northbrook Art in the Park
Northbrook Art in the Park
Village Green Park, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook
May 21–22, 2022; 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Art in the Park returns to downtown Northbrook! The beautiful tree-shaded Village Green Park is perfect for seeing 85+ artists showing paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, you can interact with artists through demos and booth chats. Live music in the gazebo, festival food and youth art activities make this a family-friendly event for all. Free parking is nearby and easily accessible, and plenty of restaurants are located just minutes from this free festival.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St., Evanston
Newly reopened Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; purchase admission tickets in advance
This local gem is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the U. S. and Canada. The museum’s collection includes archeological, ethnographic and art objects of American Indian and Inuit (Eskimo) people from all eras — from the Paleo-Indian period through the present day. Exhibits include Stunning Stories in Native American Jewelry and Reclaiming Cultural Treasures. Docent-led or self-guided private tours are a great way to experience this wonderful resource.
Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Butterflies and Blooms
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Opens May 28, 2022
Delight in the immersive experience of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s stunning butterfly habitat. Colorful, live butterflies and moths native of South America, Asia, North America and Africa flit among those found throughout Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure welcomes all ages where nature’s stunning palette dances in the blue morphos, paper kites, starry crackers, buckeyes and Julia longwings—just to name a few. Pick up tips on how to your garden can attract more butterflies and how best to photograph them.
Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling
FORE! Get Golfing
Golf courses across the North Shore will tempt you out onto the green to work on your swing, enjoy a beautiful blue sky or spend quality time with family, friends or clients. Choose from an array of options from 18 holes with all the amenities on a championship golf course to 5-hole loops in a scenic residential neighborhood. Lessons for individuals, groups and juniors will get everyone to up their game.